All posts by Celine Diaz

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The Beauty in SURRENDER

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs It’s funny how 'freedom' and 'surrender' are two words that seem to contradict each other—freedom usually referring to “doing whatever one wants.” But I learned recently that sometimes the opposite is true: that freedom, in the deepest sense, is surrendering what we want in place of something greater. LET ME EXPLAIN ...

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Lessons Learned from "Penelope": LOVE YOURSELF

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs  I fell in love with the movie "Penelope" for several reasons: 1) It starred James McAvoy <3, 2) It was funny, and 3) It was cute, lighthearted, and fairytale-like. At first, that was all I saw in it -- just a cute movie, with a cute story, and a VERY cute ...

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How to Cope with Clinical Depression

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs I shared about my "Journey Through Clinical Depression" before but realized I hadn't given any details about how actually I coped with it (at least not on a practical/tangible level). A friend of mine interviewed me about it for a class project, inspiring me to share my answers here; hopefully it ...

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SINGLENESS: Curse or Blessing? You decide.

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs I've written quite a bit on the type of love that's worth waiting for, but one thing needs to be clear: singleness isn't just a stage to prepare for a relationship or marriage (though it can be, provided that marriage is your vocation). Rather, it is much more; singleness carries a beauty and purpose ...

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Benefits of WAITING: One’s Worst Enemy & Best Friend

It's easy to feel discouraged when bad things happen in our lives, but it can be just as hard when good things don't happen -- when we wait for better things to come around, but they fall short of reality. We keep our chins up, trying to stay positive, but deep inside, a mounting feeling of ...

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Friendship: the Gift of Witnessing

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs "We need a witness to our lives. There's a billion people on the planet... I mean, what does any one life really mean? But in a marriage, you're promising to care about everything. The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things... all of it, all the ...

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Lessons Learned from My 8 Year Old Cousin

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs"Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 18:3The past month has been a swirl of activity since my cousins visited from the Philippines. Unlike many people, I rarely get the opportunity to see my relatives. Being the ...

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"THE LIST": Top 6 Things Women (Should) Look for in Men

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogsTHE DREAM ... Women long for intimacy and connection. It doesn't matter where it comes from--a friend, family member, boyfriend/husband--the fact remains the same: we yearn for someone to share our lives with, someone who'll witness us at our lowest points and also times of celebration, someone who'll understand our hopes and ...

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Doing What Works for YOU

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs Sometimes we use other people's lives as standards for how we should live our own. A friend graduates from university and you think, "I should've graduated by now too." A friend gets married and you think, "I should be married by now too." A friend gets a promotion and you think, ...

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Spring Cleaning Your Life (Part 3): GOAL SETTING

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogsReviewing our journey, Part 1 was about plucking weeds of unnecessary baggage from our lives, Part 2 was about planting seeds of the right mindset, and now, Part 3, is about nurturing the direction of our growth by setting goals.This is probably the most technical I'll ever get with my posts, ...